February 13, 2018

President Trump's 2019 budget proposal and infrastructure plan, both unveiled Monday, have something in common: Sell! Sell! Sell!

In the infrastructure plan, which envisions leveraging $200 billion in federal funds into $1.5 trillion in investment, "the Trump administration is pushing federal officials to sell off, privatize, or otherwise dispose of a broad array of government assets," The Washington Post reports, including Dulles and Reagan National airports, freeways, aqueducts, and electrical facilities in the South, West, and Pacific Northwest. The budget also sets aside $150 million to explore privatizing the International Space Station.

"The federal government owns and operates certain infrastructure that would be more appropriately owned by state, local, or private entities," the Trump infrastructure plan says. Federal agencies would gain new "authority to divest of federal assets" and keep the proceeds of such sales, incentivizing the privatization of public property.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao called this "a much more collaborative and creative way" of funding projects when "unfortunately, there's not enough money to be able to pay for all the infrastructure needs of our country." (Chao's husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, just pushed through a $1.5 trillion tax cut.) "We should also not discriminate" against private firms wanting to partner with public entities, Chao said. Norman Ornstein at the American Enterprise Institute had a different view of the proposal:

The budget's proposal to "encourage commercial development" of the ISS, with the goal of at least partially privatizing the orbiting research and exploration facility after 2024, was not fleshed out. And it's prospects are murky. Private aerospace firms seemed cool on the idea, and Congress did not seem enthusiastic. Last week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called the rumored proposal fiscally irresponsible and blamed it on "numskulls" at the Office of Management and Budget. Peter Weber

8:26 p.m.

Alex Borstein is having a marvelous night at the Emmys, as she just scored her second straight supporting actress win.

Borstein took home the Emmy Sunday for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, previously winning the same award in 2018.

In her speech, Borstein thanked the cast and crew of Mrs. Maisel, including creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, as well as her grandparents, who are holocaust survivors.

Borstein joins the ranks of other actresses who have won this award at least two times, including Betty White, Kate McKinnon, and Julie Bowen. Brendan Morrow

8:16 p.m.

Tony Shalhoub just won a primetime Emmy for the first time in more than a decade.

Shalhoub took home the Emmy Sunday for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, beating out nominees like Barry's Henry Winkler, who won last year.

"It takes a village," Shalhoub said while thanking the crew behind Mrs. Maisel.

This is Shalhoub's first time scoring Emmy gold since he won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Monk in 2006. He also won the same award for Monk in 2003 and 2005, making this Shalhoub's fourth Emmy win. He was nominated for Mrs. Maisel in 2018.

It's not Shalhoub's first time receiving awards recognition for Mrs. Maisel, though; he won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series earlier this year. Brendan Morrow

1:27 p.m.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, seemed to have one foot on the impeachment trail Sunday during an appearance on CNN's State of the Union.

Schiff told host Jake Tapper that, although he's been reluctant to support impeachment measures against President Trump, the latest news out of the Oval Office might be changing his mind. Schiff said that if Trump did actually threaten to withhold military aid from Ukraine and repeatedly push Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, then there might not be any other way around it. "We may very well have crossed the Rubicon," he said.

Schiff contends that the allegations represent "the most profound violation of the presidential oath" and that no privilege can cover corruption. As to whether it's true or not, Schiff argued that the president could just release the transcript of his call with Zelensky if there was nothing unsavory about it. "Clearly, he's afraid for the public to see," Schiff told Tapper. In other words, something stinks. Tim O'Donnell

12:53 p.m.

Iran's leaders already gave their two cents on the rising tensions between Tehran and the United States on Sunday. Tuns out, some folks in Washington who have had some experience dealing with Iran also had some things to say.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, appearing on CBS' Face the Nation, once again accused Iran of orchestrating the strikes against Saudi oil facilities last week, while repeating that he considers it "a state-on-state act of war." When host Margaret Brennan mentioned that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denies the allegations, Pompeo was not overly friendly to his counterpart, saying "it's beneath the dignity of anyone to listen to" him. But Pompeo did maintain he's looking for a diplomatic solution.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry and former Defense Secretary James Mattis shared some sentiments with Pompeo. In an appearance on ABC's This Week, Mattis said Tehran is doing what it's always done — "trying to craft a foreign policy that pushes others around." Mattis added that the U.S. needs to urge its allies to stand with Washington to prevent Tehran from destabilizing the Middle East.

Kerry, who helped foster the 2015 nuclear pact with Iran, also appeared on Face the Nation where he preached restraint when it came to dealing with Tehran and even praised President Trump for doing just that. But he did say that he thinks Iran was "one way or the other" behind the oil facilities attacks and that "our allies" who still support the 2015 agreement also "support holding Iran accountable for other issues in the region." Tim O'Donnell

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12:20 p.m.

Antonio Brown continues to dominate NFL headlines, but the rest of the league will attempt to take back the spotlight for Sunday's slate of games. Here are four Week 3 matchups to watch.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. E.T. on CBS — Pencil these two teams in for appointment viewing most weeks. Reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes will lead Kansas City from under center against fellow quarterback Lamar Jackson and the surging Ravens. It's probably safe to expect some lofty numbers from both of them. Indeed, Ravens defense coordinator Don Martindale said Jackson-Mahomes could become the next iteration of the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning rivalry that defined the NFL for over a decade.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m. E.T. on CBS — Pittsburgh has had a rough start to the season, including losing longtime quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a season-ending elbow injury. But it will be interesting to see whether second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph can step into that role and get the team back in contention. San Francisco, meanwhile, has rolled to victory in its first two games and will look to improve to 3-0.

New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. E.T. on CBS — New Orleans will also be without their longtime quarterback Drew Brees, but they have a proven veteran in Teddy Bridgewater to fill the gap. Bridgewater and the Saints' talented roster should be good enough to stay in contention, but Seattle, who remains undefeated behind stellar play from quarterback Russell Wilson, will be a tough matchup, especially on the road.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Cleveland Browns, 8:20 p.m. on NBC — The Browns laid an egg in their opener against the Tennessee Titans, despite high expectations for the long-suffering franchise. They bounced back with a win Monday over the New York Jets, who were down to their third-string quarterback by the end of the game. The dynamic Rams will be a much better barometer for determining whether the Browns are just hype. Tim O'Donnell

11:52 a.m.

The World Health Organization in a statement Saturday accused Tanzania of withholding information about suspected Ebola cases in the country.

The U.N. agency was made aware of the suspected cases in Tanzania earlier this month, but WHO was then prevented from participating in blood samples testing. The Tanzania government then reportedly informed the organization that Ebola had been ruled out, although they did not offer any alternative diagnoses.

WHO's statement referred to a 34-year-old doctor studying in central Uganda who returned to Tanzania with Ebola-like symptoms before dying in Dar es Salaam, the country's capital, earlier in September. The illness was reportedly contagious and numerous contacts became ill. Unofficial reports led WHO to believe that the woman had, in fact, tested positive for Ebola.

Tanzania has never reported a case of Ebola, The Washington Post reports, noting that tourism is a major driver in the nation's economy, so fears that the presence of the disease could lead to trip cancellations may exist.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has previously urged Tanzania to "comply with its obligation under the International Health Regulations" and allow for independent verification of the circumstances surrounding the doctor's death. The current Ebola outbreak began in August 2018. While new cases have occurred rapidly, they have mostly remained confined to provinces in eastern Congo. Read more at The Washington Post. Tim O'Donnell

10:28 a.m.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran does not plan on starting a war, but they will finish one if a conflict should eventually happen.

In an interview airing on Sunday's edition of CBS' Face the Nation, host Margaret Brennan asked Zarif if he was "confident" that Iran could avoid a war. Zarif was pretty forthright in his response, simply responding "no." He did add that he is confident Tehran will not start a conflict, however. But he said "whoever starts one will not be the one who finishes it." When Brennan asked him to clarify, Zarif said that he means if a war does break out it will not be a "limited" one.

Zarif also criticized the United States' decision to send more troops to the Gulf region in a speech, describing it as "posturing." Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhi had some harsh words Sunday for the U.S., as well, calling the decision a "disaster" and urging foreign forces to stay out of the region. "If they're sincere, then they should not make our region the site of an arms race," he said during a speech. "The farther you keep yourselves from our region and our nations, the more security there will be."

In the same speech, he did say that Iran would present a peace initiative at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, though he gave few details. Tim O'Donnell

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